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Kenda K838 Slick Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 26-Inch x 1.95-Inch

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  • Slick MTB/Hybrid road and trail tire; 26 by 1.95 inches
  • Patterned after motorcycle tires for low rolling resistance and traction
  • Wire beads increase durability
  • Directional grooves channel water to the outer tire edge
  • Blackwall sides for a lighter weight profile
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Product Description

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Patterned after motorcycle tires, the Kenda K838 Slick Wire Bead Bicycle tires offer increased speed and reduced rolling resistance for MTB and hybrid bikes--without sacrificing traction. Unlike a typical MTB knobby tire, the K838 Slick provides a smooth and consistent rolling surface that allows the tire to gain and maintain speed on paved and hard packed surfaces. Meanwhile the tire's wider, 1.95-inch profile and directional grooves provide the traction demanded by all terrain riding. The grooves also effectively channel water to the outer edge of the tire so that you can maintain a grip on wet roads, through puddles, and on wet trails. The blackwall sides reduce the overall weight profile of the tire and the wire bead pattern increases the tire's strength and durability. While not meant for serious off road riding, the Kenda K838 is a good choice for riders who want a smooth and fast experience on the road, but who also want to keep their MTB or hybrid trail ready.

Specifications:

  • Wheel Size: 26 by 1.95 inches
  • Weight: 737 grams
  • Maximum recommended PSI: 65 pounds
  • Minimum recommended PSI: 40 pounds

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002DX1DWG
  • Item model number: 04704N09
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (478 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

They're great road tires for mountain bikes.
kennegun
Rolls great, corners great, rides smoothly and quietly.
ES
It makes riding so much smoother easier and faster.
streetbiker1234

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171 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Russell on July 26, 2010
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My mountain bike needed new tires, the old ones were dry and cracked, and one had blown out through the sidewall. I decided that since I seldom ride in mud or on very loose surfaces, a smoother tread would allow me to ride along with lower effort and/or greater speed. Smooth tires on urban bicycles are nothing new, the Tioga City Slicker has been around for years, and probably serves as an inspiration for many other similar tires. I ordered the Kenda K838 based on the favorable reviews, and am very pleased. I ordered four tires, to upgrade two bicycles. They came in a box which was probably twice as large as it needed to be. As everyone else has mentioned, they are blackwall, not gumwalls as illustrated. Mounting the tires was no problem at all. I used a plastic tire lever to remove the old tires from the rims, and just popped the Kenda's on with my fingers, no tools needed. I inflated them and went for a ride. Note that while the tires can hold 60 psi, because of the larger volume of air contained, they work well at lower pressures, 35 to 40 psi for me, and provide a superior ride.

The tread design and profile are based on combined features from successful motorcycle tires. The tread pattern is very similar to that seen on the Bridgestone Spitfire, with directional grooves to channel water to the outside edge of the tread surface. This gives low rolling resistance and complete silence....no humming or howling knobs on pavement. Constant pedaling is not necessary, as the low rolling resistance means one can pedal a bit, then coast or glide a long distance.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By The Edge Part 2 on November 1, 2009
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First of all, this is a really good tire, you won't be disappointed. Note that it is black wall, not skin wall as shown in the picture, so the tire is all black - which I like better anyway. I use the bike for commuting, but where I live the roads aren't all that great so the size and capability of this tire works very well. The only issue I had was getting the tires on my wheel, they're extremely snug, so make sure you let ALL the air out of your tubes and be careful not to pinch the tube while getting the tire on. Also, I hope in the future the shipping company is more environmentally (and cost effectively) concious because I purchased two tires on the same day, they came in two huge, and separate boxes. I could have fit a filing cabinet in each on of the boxes - I thought that it was a waste of shipping material.
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Online Junkie on September 25, 2011
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I haven't ridden my bike in about 15 years... a 80's Peugot MTB that was their top of the line back then. I decided to use my bike along with the Metro system in L.A. so I outfitted my bike with lights, Avenir rack and decided to install these Kenda tires to complete the Hybrid transformation and replaced the knobbies. The rolling resistance reduction is significant. To ride home, it's over a mile all uphill (gentle) and these new tires added about 2mph to my speed and I barely broke a sweat. The improvement is noticeable and significant. I'm old, so no more road racing around for me. I was considering buying a new road bike, but then it might become a target for theft, so my beat up old MTB is probably a low priority target.

I used to road race MotoGP so I know a bit about riding on 2 wheels, and I really like the tire profile and the sidewalls are pretty beefy. I learned when I get a flat, stop immediately or I might damage the sidewall rendering the tire unusable. I had 4 flats in 2 days, with two destroyed tires from side wall damage so I wanted a tire with thick tread cause I ride over glass and thorns ALL the time! I wanted a tire with a thicker side wall so that maybe the side wall will survive some flats, but I now carry a pump, tube, 2 patch kits and a tire repair kit... so with all that... I'll probably never have a flat again... LOL

The tires look good, I pumped them up to 55-60psi (max psi 65) so you can really roll with these tires. They installed pretty quickly but I did need to use my Park Tools tire levers which are wonderful. They are quiet and they improve the rolling resistance and speed. Decent quality, good tire design, easy installation, average weight, great addition for conversion...
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Easy Rider on September 5, 2009
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.......when compared to my original knobby MTB tires. They corner nicely and seem very smooth. A good economical choice for converting a Mountain Bike to asphalt surfaces and increase rolling efficiency.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Raleighphile on August 17, 2010
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I purchased a pair of these tires to use on my MTB for a smoother ride on the city streets than the Kenda K53's I was using.

The K53's were nice tires and offer very little rolling resistance compared with full-on knobbies (and are smoother going straight) but still have good knobs on the sides. But when you are turning they have that knobby growl, so I figured that I'd try the 838's as they had seemed to be highly regarded by some.

The tires are pretty smooth-riding and feel very sticky in the corners unlike the knobby K53's which tended to squirm at higher speed corners with large lean angles. The 838's seem to stick like glue to the tarmac (but not so much on dirt trails -naturally). I put the whole wheel off the bike on the slippery ceramic tile of my condo and could put all my weight against it at angles much greater than 45-degrees and the tire refused to slip or squirm which is a lot more than I can say for the K53's. I was pushing against it like a football tackle sled with all my might and they wouldn't budge. The K53's will slip out when I try this. I haven't tried using the 838's in the wet yet so I don't know how the traction will stand up in the rain. They look like they will do OK with that motorcycle-style tread pattern.

Another good thing about this tire is that I can fill them up to 60-65psi which is about 50% more pressure than you can safely fill the K53. This allows lesser rolling resistance, better road feel, and much more front brakes can be used as front tire impending lockup has much more of a controlled feel than with lower-pressure tires. I can do controllable stoppies with these tires lifting the back wheel right up with my cantelever brakes out front.

One thing about these tires is that while they say they are a 1.
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